I'm a storyteller!

I love to tell stories. And there are a lot of stories out there that need to be or want to be told. My stories are fiction--mostly--some are novellas, which means about 20,000 words. Short enough to read on a long lunch hour or at bedtime.  Historical fiction is an interesting genre because sometimes history can be more interesting than literary fiction. For example, in Unintended Consequences, a murder, a suicide and the assassination of a president share a space in a fictional telling of the Pan-American Exhibition in Buffalo, NY in 1901. 

Click on EXCERPTS in the Menu bar and you'll find shorts from some of my stories.... teasers to pull you into reading the entire story.

My stories

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             Historical Fiction                               Historical Fiction                 Anthology of Short Stories

•The 1901 Pan American Exposition in Buffalo, New York---not  only the assassination of President William McKinley but the murder of Charlie Whibley, ace reporter for the Buffalo Morning News  and how it changed forever the life of another young reporter in Unintended Consequences.  

•Post-World War II in Germany was not the end of conflict for the people of East Prussia. It was followed with a brutal occupation by the conquering Soviet troops. All the Silent Trees is the story of two young Germans and the decisions that determined  their fate.

•Seven short stories inThe Human Obligation are reflections of life and its surprises, both good and bad and people who, with determination, humor and  ingenuity weathered them.     


             Creative Biography                              A Dog Story                         Fantasy / Mystery

•Charles Demuth was one of America's first impressionist artists. He was also the third person in the world to be given insulin for his diabetes.According to his dctors , the new "miracle drug"  extended his productive life by fifteen years. A member of the post-Victorian literati, he traveled frequently to Europe and kept company with, among others, Gertrude Stein, Alfred Steiglitz, Georgia O'Keeffe, Eugene O'Neill.   That's Dear Charlie .                                

•The want ad in the newspaper grabbed Meredith's heart. In fact, it brought her to tears. Should she answer the ad when she was clueless as to the identity of the person behind the ad? She had never stepped outside her comfort zone before, yet she gambled and answered the ad. The experience changed her life completely. If you like Hallmark's Christmas movies, you'll love Walking Max. 

•Phillip Reese had it all. A great job, a fantastic apartment in mid-town, the company of friends whenever he wanted. Something was missing. Even analytical and logical Phillip Reese couldn't work it out in his mind until he threw it all away to "find himself" on the shores of lonely Lake Pleasant. Did he find what he was looking for too late? 

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I love to write. That's what I do and what I've done in some form or another for over fifty years. If you need an article written for a business publication, copy for an instruction sheet or a brochure, a video script or an ad in a print publication, I can do it for you. Contact me: dtarpenning@gmail.com